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Nicolas 'nicolas99fc' Villalba topped Bayer Leverkusen's Marvin 'M4rv' Hintz, 5-3, in the PlayStation grand final Sunday to perfectly wrap up a dominant three-day tourney run. After finishing the group stages 7-0, Villalba went on to only draw two legs and lose one inconsequential second leg 1-0 in the semi-final to Manchester City's Marcus 'Marcuzo' Jørgensen, after building a 3-1 lead, throughout the entire tourney.
Despite being the underdog coming into the final, Hintz took the lead off a spectucular one-time finish from the six-yard box. Nicolas, wasting no time though, answered back with two of his own before the halftime whistle to take a 2-1 lead. In the second half, he added two more in the second half to take a 4-1 lead into the second leg. And it only took 33 minutes for Villalba to ice the final, with a sweet 'R9' Ronaldo Nazario goal.
Hintz scored one more of his own shortly after halftime, but a three-goal deficit was too much to overcome in 45 minutes, especially against this level of competition; M4rv scored another goal, a consolation penalty in the 88th minute, to make it 5-3 to Nicolas over two legs. With that, Villalba becomes the first undefeated champion at a competitive FIFA tournament, finally adding a trophy to his name after wowing audiences in both Barcelona and Manchester.
Hintz did not enjoy as smooth a start to the tourney; despite starting 4-0 on Friday, the German's seeding slipped as he finished 5-2, losing to JRALion and 'Hashtag Agge' Rosenmeier in the latter rounds. In the knockout rounds, M4rv took care of 'Dani_Fink' and Futwiz's Honey Badger before coming up against Man City's Kai 'Deto' Wollin in the quarterfinals, which might have been the match of the entire tournament.
The two legs were incredibly tense, ending 1-1 and 2-2, respectively. Deto forced penalties right at the death of extra-time in the second leg with his Ruud Gullit to set up an even nervier finish. Wollin went to take the lead in penalties as well, after being down one, only to succumb to M4rv in the end.
Japanese pro enjoyed an exciting Cinderella-esque run throughout Sunday, beating Hashtag United's Ivan 'Hashtag Boras' Lapanje, 5-3, to start the day. He went on to play FC Basel's Tim 'FCB TheStrxngeR' Katnawatos, another impressive competitor, in the quarterfinals and beat him, 3-2. Unfortunately, Web lost out to eventual runner-up M4rv in the semi-final; it would have truly been a fairytale ending to see Web play for the title against Villalba, as the two are training partners in the off-season.
With that, the stage is set for the FIFA eWorld Cup in London in August. Audiences will see 32 players from the past week -- 16 from each console -- square off yet again, however this time, the tournament won't be limited to just Xbox or PlayStation competitors. The stakes will also be much higher, as players will be competing to become the next world champion (as well as claim a massive cash prize). We'll see you then.